Israeli Army Announces Raft of New Brigade Chiefs

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Givati Reconnaissance Battalion soldiers during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.Credit: Shay Wagner, IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The Israel Defense Forces has announced a round of new high-level appointments many of the IDF’s infantry brigades will be getting new commanders.

The moves still need the approval of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Col. Yaki Dolf, commander of the northern Gaza brigade, will be the new head of the Paratroopers Brigade, while Col. David Bar Kalifa, who heads the southern Gaza brigade, will be the next Givati commander. Dolf was the bureau chief for the IDF’s previous chief of staff, Benny Gantz.

Col. Gur Schreibman has been named commander of the Bahad 1 officers’ training base, while Col. T has been named commander of Shayetet 13, the navy’s special operations unit. Because of his position, his full name cannot be given, though he once headed a reserves brigade.

Col. Dan Goldfus will be the next commander of the Nahal Brigade. Although most of his early service was in Shayetet 13, he was also a company and battalion commander in the Nahal Brigade.

As a young man he was part of the 1997 rescue operation that extracted soldiers ambushed by Hezbollah in what became known as the Shayetet disaster.

The Kfir Brigade is also getting a new commander, Col. Tzion Ratzon, who was groomed in the Nahal Brigade. Col. Avi Bluth will head the 89th Brigade, also known as the Oz Brigade or the “commando brigade,” which is dedicated solely to special operations and includes the Maglan, Duvdevan, Egoz and Rimon units.

Bluth is a former commander of the Maglan unit and was wounded in the winter 2008-09 Gaza war as a battalion commander.

Col. Gil Aginsky-Peretz has been named commander of the navy’s Haifa base and will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general.

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